New Computer Science program at UMBC-Shady Grove. Guest post: Kim Casimbon

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Kim Casimbon, UMBC-Shady Grove Computer Science Academic Advisor

As the Academic Advisor for the Computer Science program at UMBC-Shady Grove, I am proud to announce that our B.S. in Computer Science with a Cybersecurity track is now being offered at the Universities at Shady Grove location starting Fall 2020. With access to numerous scholarships, small class sizes, high quality applied learning opportunities, and the new Biomedical Sciences and Engineering Education (BSE) facility, there are many advantages in pursuing UMBC’s ABET-accredited Computer Science Program. As exemplified through a recent survey of CMSC graduates from UMBC, 91% are employed within six months post-graduation (Amazon, Google, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, NASA, CIA, and many more) and 95% obtain employment that is related to their career path. Additionally, career possibilities abound. There are 20,839 open jobs in the computer science field within 50 miles of Washington, D.C. with starting salaries of $70,000 – $75,000.

While our physical campus is temporarily closed due to the current COVID-19 response, I encourage students to schedule a virtual pre-transfer advising appointment with me in the near future. As a former transfer student at UMBC-Shady Grove, I understand how important it is to solidify your academic path as soon as possible. During our pre-transfer advising appointment, we will review your unofficial transcript(s), required and recommended courses for transfer, and develop your academic path to UMBC-Shady Grove. In the meantime, those interested in the program may proactively view our required and recommended transfer coursework here. Students applying to UMBC’s Computer Science program at Shady Grove this fall are eligible for a $75.00 application fee waiver. You may access our application and further information here.  Please note that the B.S. in Computer Science continues to be offered at UMBC’s home campus in Catonsville, MD in addition to the Universities at Shady Grove location.

UMBC Computer videoHear from Jeannette Kartchner, Associate Program Director of Computer Science.

 To learn more about the B.S. in Computer Science program, please visit the Computer Science at UMBC-Shady Grove website. You may also email me Kim Casimbon, at or our Undergraduate Associate Program Director, Jeannette Kartchner at

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